Jae Yeon Kim

South Korea

South Korean artist Jae Yeon Kim turns real-world observations of human movement, posture, emotion, and behavior into colorful, friendly three-dimensional animations. In her world, anthropomorphic figures with bold hairstyles and outlandish outfits wiggle, twist and do the splits, run and jump, smile and frown. By pushing the limits of appearance and presentation, Kim seeks to explore and represent LGBTQ bodies—and gender more broadly—in new ways. She’s also a part of DIGI-GXL, which describes itself as “an inclusive 24/7 global support network championing womxn, trans folk and non-binary people who specialize in 3D design and animation.”

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By changing the way something behaves, you can create an entirely new character.